Featured Projects & Partners

In addition to our customer tailored research services, we have been taking part in publicly funded research, development and innovation projects for more than 10 years. We support our leading global partners with our expertise in surface and colloid science, nanoscale coatings, fluorescent materials and microsensors.


01/2019 - 12/2022

The mission of I-DireCT is to provide training and carry out breakthrough research on the rapidly expanding and high impact field of cancer immunotherapy in a carefully integrated academic and inter-sectoral programme.

Partners: The University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG) | University Hospital Wuerzburg (UKW) | InoCure s.r.o. | KAHR Medical

Financial support: This project has received funding from the Research and Innovation Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action grant agreement No 813871.

SYNCHRONICS: Supramolecularly Engineered Architectures for Optoelectronics and Photonics

01/2015 - 12/2019

The SYNCHRONICS’s project relies on organic and supramolecular materials to study the nature of the basic physics of excited states in condensed matter, but also to develop a wide range of  applications, spanning from optical gain to light harvesting, including photonic applications such as organic amplifiers, switches and lasers.

Partners: University College London | IIT Center for Nanoscience and Technology | University of Cyprus | The Institut de Science et d’Ingénierie Supramoléculaires (ISIS) (Université de Strasbourg) | University of Genova | University of Oxford | University of Pisa | The University of Würzburg | AMO GmbH 

Associated Partners: IBM Zurich | Université de Montréal

Financial support: This project receives funding from the European Union’s Framework Programme for Research and Innovation Horizon 2020 as a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action European Training Network under the Grant Agreement 643238.

SENSOTEK: Sensory adhesives for damage detection in structural glass (Sensorischer Klebstoff zur Schadensdetektion im konstruktiven Glasbau)

Sub-project: Sensorische Mikrokapseln zur Schadensdetektion (Sensory microcapsules for damage detection)

08/2017 - 07/2020

Glass is used extensively in façade construction due to its transparency. Plates of glass are connected to each other and to the frame by adhesives, which are mostly silicone based. These adhesives are prone to damage due to heat, humidity and UV light, risking the stability of the construction. Therefore there is a need for a non-destructive testing method for a reliable evaluation of adhesive compounds in the installed state (in-situ) in structural glass construction.

The aim of this project is to investigate the extent to which it is possible to monitor the condition of the glued joint of glued glass point holders by using a sensory adhesive system. Functional sensory fillers are microcapsules which release marker substances at a defined load / stress on the adhesive joints. This release causes a color change that makes the damage visible.

Surflay's part in this project is the development of these sensory microcapsules.

Partners: VERROTEC GmbH | Glashandel Pritz GmbH | Universität Kassel | Leibniz-lnstitut für Polymerforschung Dresden e. V.  

Financial support: Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF)

NaMoSep: Extraction and Analysis of Residues from Water Using Selective Magnetic Nanoparticles (Extraktion und Analyse von Rückständen aus Wasser durch Einsatz selektiver magnetischer Nanopartikel)

01/2017 - 06-2019

The aim of the project is to develop a magnetic extraction and analysis method based on nanotechnology, in order to detect compounds that are present in water in smallest amounts and to quantify them in a standardized manner. 

Surflay is responsible for research and development of surface functionalized magnetic nanoparticles for extraction and detection or impurities in water.

Partner: GLU mbH

Financial support: Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF) / Zentrales Innovationsprogramm Mittelstand (ZIM) through NanoFunDus Network

Immunoplex: Screening of auto-immune diseases by multiplex Whispering Gallery Mode (WGM) sensors

03/2018 - 02/2021

Surflay's WhisperSense technology is used and further developed for a reliable and cost-efficient screening of auto-immune diseases in samples.

Partners: Diarect AG | Scienion AG

Financial support: Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF)

LbLBRANE: Regenerable active polyelectrolyte nanofiltration membranes for water reuse and metal/acid recovery

02/2012 - 01/2015

LbLBRANE applied the layer-by-layer technology (LbL), for the development of low-cost, stable and chemical resistant polyelectrolyte membranes. These Polyelectrolyte multilayer membranes showed superior performance, an extended lifespan and a competitive price compared to commercially available ones.

Partners: RWTH Aachen University | Leipzig University | Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya | Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique | Lappeenranta University of Technology | Center for Cooperative Research in Biomaterials | Convergence Beheer | Ekotek Environmental Solutions | Liqtech International | Pentair X-Flow | Rood Wit Blauw Water Services

Financial support: LbLBRANE received funding from the European Comission within the 7th Framework Programme under Grant Agreement no. 281047

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